The “room full of angels” taught by Ernest Gallet Elementary School second grade teacher Terry Bethea are the muses behind a recently published children’s book, Why Snails Are Slow, Bethea’s inspiring short story of how two snails journeyed through weeks of hardship to find a red-carpet reception onto Noah’s Ark. Bethea, a former teacher of the year and veteran educator of 37 years who has taught for 19 years in Lafayette Parish, says the book is the first in a planned series of children’s stories titled “The Ark.” Illustrated by Jesse Blythe DeFriese, the birds, elephants, rhinos and other “faster” creatures encountered by the snails along their route repeatedly remind readers that even the slowest of snails are “important to God’s plans,” a fitting metaphor that reassures children on why they should “never give up.” Why Snails Are Slow is available for purchase on Bethea’s website, www.thearkseries.com. $10 for paperback, $15 for hard cover. — Heather Miller
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.